Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Native plant of tropical
from America to Mexico and Venezuela , cultivated in other
tropical countries including Sri Lanka as an ornamental plant. Escaped and naturalized
plants can be found along roadsides and scrub lands (Above picture was taken at Corbet's gap - Meemure road of the Knuckles range). Flowering all the year round. Ecuador
Friday, September 23, 2011
yellow billed babblers.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Mainly a winter visitor to the
, arriving in August and spread throughout
the island avoiding deep forests, till May of next year though scarce breeding
populations reported from South-Eastern coast. It preys on flying insects such
as bees, wasps dragonflies and butterflies sallying out from top of trees where
it perch often as flocks of few birds usually less than ten. It frequently bath
in rivers and tanks plunging into the water while on the wings. Sri Lanka
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
An epiphyte on mossy tree trunks or on rocks in mid and up country secondary forests up to about 2400m a.s.l. Use for the preparation of medicinal oil to treat snake-bite as it is with Maha –Hadaya (Huperzia phlegmaria)
Friday, September 9, 2011
An endemic bird confined to the forests, home gardens and cultivations of hill country and humid locations in low country wet zone. It is locally common in such areas. It feeds on flying insects usually perching on a branch of a shady tree. It also eats berries. Dull blue flycatcher breeds from March to September in a nest made of moss, fern roots etc and place in a hole in a tree or road bank.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Rare butterfly of southern low country of the island. Flight fast and strong. Male often settle on damp earth. Its larva feeds on varies plants of family Capparaceae such as Lunu warana ( Crateva adansonii). Chocolate albatross is a butterfly which appears irregularly, being almost entirely absent in certain years. According to the Woodhouse (Woodhouse L.G.O. The Butterfly fauna of
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Two subspecies occurs in the island
1) Melanochelys trijuga parkeri (Parker’s Black Turtle) – Larger than Spotted Black turtle with more dark shell and uniform olive brown head (or sometime spotted with orange). It is restricted to Northern areas of the country.
2) Melanochelys trijuga thermalis (Spotted Black Turtle) – Head spotted with red orange or pink. Widespread in lowland wet and dry zones up to elevation of about 4200ft a.s.l.
Both subspecies are omnivorous and act as a scavenger. It inhabits still water bodies with aquatic vegetations and spend many hours basking during the day time and forages at night.